MTA’S Copiague Station Now ADA-Accessible 

Written by Jennifer McLawhorn, Managing Editor
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MTA Chair & CEO Janno Lieber, LIRR President Rob Free, and Chief Accessibility Officer Quemuel Arroyo announce a new accessible elevator at the Copiague station on Thursday, May 16, 2024, the first of a series of three such projects on the Babylon branch. Jesse Figueroa, Jason Anthony, Khalia Hayslett, Free, Arroyo, Lieber, Rich Schaefer, Anthony Simon.
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COPIAGUE, N.Y. – With its first elevator and connecting sidewalk, the Long Island Rail Road Copiague Station is now fully ADA-accessible.

Copiague Station is the first of three Babylon Branch stations that will be made ADA-accessible in the coming weeks. The other two stations, Amityville and Lindenhurst, should receive upgrades before the end of June. Copiague LIRR Station now has its first elevator with a connecting sidewalk.

Courtesy of Marc A. Hermann / MTA

$18 million in federal funding supports the $169 million upgrade package “at nine stations including Copiague and Amityville, Lindenhurst and Massapequa Park. St. Albans, Laurelton, and Locust Manor.” The Valley Stream station will see replaced escalators and elevators. Additionally, crews will replace an elevator at Auburndale. The package includes other upgrades such as electrical and mechanical improvements as well as parking improvements. Also, crews will install new LED lighting and Help Points, new platform tactile strips, and communication and safety security systems.

Courtesy of Marc A. Hermann / MTA

Governor Hochul said, “We are breaking down barriers and ensuring more New Yorkers than ever before can access the transportation they need. . . I’m committed to improving accessibility across the MTA and ensuring the disability community has a voice and a seat at the table in deciding the future of transit in New York.”

Courtesy of Marc A. Hermann / MTA

New York State’s Chief Disability Officer Kim Hill Ridley said, “Today, on Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2024, I am thrilled to celebrate the tremendous accomplishment of another MTA elevator becoming accessible to all. As both a wheelchair user and a mom, I cannot emphasize enough how increased accessibility for people with disabilities benefits everyone else too. Now, the disability community, parents with strollers and travelers with luggage from all over the world have increased access to enjoy all that our world-renowned metropolitan area has to offer.”

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